Living in Sandals

July 2, 2015

In summer I live in flat sandals . . . all kinds, slides, gladiators, fringed, flip-flops . . . you name it! I like to have a wide variety of choices so I found some of my fav, very affordable picks to share.

From Old Navy (here)






From Target (here








Urban Outfitters (here)







Swim

June 24, 2015

Now that Summer is here and I have lost 10lbs & 10.5" (more on that to come) I have bought a few swimsuits that I wanted to share with you . . . 

I got this one-piece a month ago and it was 50% off but now its full price again (here). It looks fantastic on!!!


I ordered this one (here) but have not received it yet.  It is a look-alike of a Mara Hoffman but was like $15 . . . we will see how it looks once I get it.  I am not expecting it to be high quality but just to look good!


And I also ordered this bikini (top/bottoms) - I am a sucker for stripes and navy!
 






Fathers Day

June 21, 2015

My DAD is a wonderful Father (and great PAPA) and the older I get the closer we become.  He has always taught me to be be true to myself, listen to my gut and has never ever led me to believe that a man is better or smarter than women; in fact I'm pretty sure he believes women should run the world!  My dad is the reason that when I met Mr. Hotpants I knew he was the one for me and didn't let him slip away (ahem vice-grip!)


And thank goodness I didn't.  Not only did I meet a man who respects me, who believes women are equals, who can cry at any commercial with puppies or babies in it, who strives to be the absolute best in everything he does but I also found a man who is the PERFECT standard for our beautiful little girls to measure a man next too.  

In seeing that their Daddy thinks women are wonderful and smart and equals and can do anything they want to and for not stereotyping them into the typical "princess" roles that some men/daddies can do, for cooking with them and playing soccer with them and doing reading and math with them and to twirling them around in boxes that are supposed to be rocket-ships . . . Not only did I LUCK out but our little amazing girls did too! 

Happiest of Fathers Day to you Pookie.  
You are a one-of-a-kind Daddy! 
We LOVE you SO much


Great Deals for Summer

June 19, 2015

Have you guys visited the J. Crew Factory store online??? The stuff is great quality and the prices are awesome!  I have gotten the girls a few things and some great jewelery for myself . . . Some great kids clothes and shoes too!

Loving these pieces right now and there is an EXTRA 35% off online purchases right now (code NEWNEW)


Great Colors ($26 here)

Statement earrings ($13 here)

 Would dress up any LBD ($14 here)

Fun summer PJ set ($34 here)

 Awesome sunglasses ($25 here)

Cute little jewelery trays ($14 here)


Summer Fun

June 17, 2015

So now that summer is here and the girls are out of school I thought I would share some of my favorite summer goodies to keep the girls occupied  . . . 

Bubbles are ALWAYS a winner (here and here) and these ones are pretty awesome!



Water balloons and rocket balloons are another great way to enjoy an afternoon with kiddos (here, here and here)






These are fun to have on hand for water wars too (here)! No need for a pool, just fill a bucket up with water and let them go wild!


Outdoor chalk and paint! (here and here)



Not raising PERFECTION

June 8, 2015

Parenting is HARD.  It is a day-to-day, trial-and-error type of thing.  It comes with a lot of angst, guilt, fear, and vulnerability, but also with an immense and profound love, pride, fun, and happiness.


I used to be a perfectionist but after having my girls I had to let go of that a bit because let's me honest, there is NO way to have things perfect or be perfect when you have two little uncontrollable people living in your home lol!  Life with kids is messy, unpredictable, disorganized and loud and it's my belief that it is supposed to be that way.
 


I believe we have to let our kids be kids! Let them be messy, let them be loud, let them be so creative with their imaginary games that the house looks like a tornado hit it!  Why?  Because the joy, the wonderment, the sense of discovery and self is SO much more valuable to my girls than the 15 minutes it will take for me to clean up the messes and put the house back together.
 
With all that said I have to admit it is still not easy for me sometimes to sit around while the chaos is going on BUT I do my best to tell myself to relax.  A true test came this week when Emerson had to build a cardboard box car, only she chose to build a cardboard box canoe!  

We had some fab friends help with the canoe last weekend (well the daddies did it while the mummies sipped bellini's; as it should be!)


All that was left for Emerson to do was decorate/paint it.  I had great visions of it being this beautiful canoe with lacing detail and leather details (think Pocahontas) with her name and maybe a cool thing painted on the bow of the canoe.  But here is what went down . . . 

ME: So I thought we could maybe spray paint the whole thing a nice gold/bronze color then paint all the canoe details on top of it?

EMERSON: But mum I want to paint it with feathers

ME: Oh, okay that would be cool too.  I can draw all the feathers with a sharpee and you can paint them in all different colors then we can make the bow the head of the bird with a beak and all!!! It will look awesome (I was thinking eagle or peacock!)

EMERSON: Mum!!!! (stomping her foot) I'm an artist!!! I am painting this; its my creation!

ME:  . . . alrighty then . . . 

So I poured her paints for her to use and set her up to start.  I watched her start and I had to actually walk around the corner to the kitchen so that I would not interject with her "vision" and her painting.  She was having a ball painting "her" feathers and was so proud of the colors she was using - she made one a peacock feather.  

I was having a hard time with this because I had seen all the PERFECT box cars on Pinterest and wanted so badly to just take over and make it one bad-a*s canoe!!! But I couldn't  . . . and here is why.


Here is what I believe I would be teaching my Emerson if I had given in to my "perfectionist" ways.
 1. Your painting is not good enough 
2. Your painting is not perfect
3. Your idea is not good enough
4. Your creativity is silly

And this would all equate to one single thing to Emerson 
"You have to be PERFECT, anything less is not good enough"

And how extremely awful of a lesson is that . . . 

Here is why I let her do her thing (knowing that there would be 20 other picture-perfect cars on the playground) . . . I wanted the lesson to read like this

1. You have great creative ideas
2. You are the artist and you paint great
3. You should have fun in everything you do
4. Follow your gut instinct
5. Follow your dreams and your vision

And I hope this is what she learned from this:
"You are perfect just the way you are.  I love you just the way you are; exactly as you are"


because I do!

Amazing Amazon Friday

June 5, 2015

I know I have been gone for a bit but LIFE is just getting, well . . . not in the way, but so incredibly FULL that I am having to prioritize a few things!  

I am doing a 21-day challenge with my PiYo group where you eat CLEAN (like really clean) and workout for 21 days straight and while I am honestly loving it, it is taking a lot of time mentally, organizing food prep and fitting way more W/O's into my schedule than usual.  BUT I will see it through.  This is one of those things I vowed to do for ME (see here, here, and here) and I am DOING IT; I will not take "I can't" from myself.

School is coming to an end which means tons of organizing activities for the girls for the summer - we have a Children's Theatrical class set-up, a Pee-Wee Chefs class for them to go to, a reading camp and hopefully I am adding a Science camp; not to mention their usual gymnastics & swimming.  We are also buying Knott's Berry Farm Annual passes for them to go with our own amazing "Mary Poppins" . . .Coco!!!!  Then we have a beach vacation coming up which I am SO excited for (hence the 21-day challenge!) . . . longest family vacation yet = 9 days!! Hanging with Mr. Hotpants and my babies; it's going to be heaven!!

But to keep with my Amazon Fridays, here are some of my fav finds this week!

I want copper mugs for Moscow Mules this summer because I'm addicted to them! . . . these look great and are a good price! (here

My girls are at the age where they love games and one of their fav's is BINGO! We have two of these bingo sets (a dinosaur one and a Christmas one) and I'm going to order the Science one next - so fun and educational! Each card has a pic on the front and facts on the back! (here)


For hours of summer fun I highly recommend these (here)


And since I love the EO product line, I can't wait to try this delicious body oil to keep me and the girlies skin hydrated this summer! (here)

Have a FAB weekend!